Juliette Rossant

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Juliette Rossant
Born New York City
Citizenship American
Alma mater Johns Hopkins University, Dartmouth College
Occupation Author, journalist, and poet
Years active 1987–present
Employer Forbes, Simon & Schuster
Notable work Super Chef (book), Super Chef (online magazine)
Parent(s) James Rossant, Colette Rossant
Relatives John Rossant, Susie Orbach
Website julietterossant.com

Juliette Rossant (born 1959) is an American author, journalist, and poet, best known for her writings about top-grossing celebrity chefs about whom she first wrote for Forbes magazine and for whom she has defined (if not coined) the term Super chef, also the title of her first book and of her online magazine.


Born in New York City, Rossant is the daughter of New Yorker James Rossant, architect and designer of Reston, Virginia, and Parisienne Colette Rossant, cookbook author and food writer. She traces her maternal line back through the Palacci family, Sephardic Jews who moved from Spain to Italy to Istanbul to Cairo. Her great-great-grandfather owned lemon perfume factories in Upper Egypt. Her great-grandfather owned a well-known department store in Cairo. Her grandfather, Vita Palacci, worked in exports and imports in support of the department store; he met her grandmother Marceline in Paris.[1]

After graduating from St. Ann's School in Brooklyn,[2] Rossant attended Dartmouth College[3] and then the Johns Hopkins University, where she studied Creative Writing.[4]

Rossant started publishing poems in Extensions literary magazine when she was 14 years old.[5] At Dartmouth, she co-founded The Stonefence Review literary magazine as an alternative to the highly conservative Dartmouth Review.[6] She studied under Richard Eberhart and Kenneth Koch.



Rossant began work in Journalism while living in Istanbul in the late 1980s. She continued as a journalist while based in Paris, Moscow, and Jeddah, writing for newspapers and magazines (including Business Week). Her reportage included the Kurds in Northern Iraq during the Gulf War, fighting between Armenians and Azeris in Nagorno-Karabagh, and developments in the oil industry in Central Asia and the Middle East.


Returning to the U.S., Rossant joined Forbes and Forbes Global to write on international business including the Forbes annual, global Billionaires List. Because of her Middle East experience, she covered the "Africa and Middle East" sections of that list every year with Forbes.[7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15]

Rossant also started the Celebrity Chefs column in the Forbes annual Celebrity 100 issue, which she wrote for three years.[16][17][18]

Super Chef[edit]


Simon & Schuster published Rossant's book Super Chef (Free Press imprint), based on a specific definition she developed from her work at Forbes.[19] The book profiles six "super chefs": Wolfgang Puck, Charlie Palmer, Todd English, Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger (AKA the "Too Hot Tamales"), and Tom Colicchio.[20] The book was nominated by Fast Company magazine for best book.[21] Several cooking schools for chefs have used the book as a textbook.


Rossant continues to track the development of super chefs in Super Chef, online magazine by the same name. In 2005, the magazine championed the White House's selection of the first woman executive chef and then predicted the First Lady's choice of Cristeta Comerford.[22] In late 2009, Super Chef began publishing in a new format. In early 2010, the magazine began running contributions, particularly from chefs.


Rossant has consulted to a number of companies on branding issues related to super chefs.

Rossant has become an expert, city by the Newsweek, New York Daily News,[23][24][25] Baltimore Sun, Brand Channel, and Gastronomica. She has lectured at the Culinary Institute of America and the Institute for Culinary Education. She has also contributed to publications, from Portfolio[26] to Saudi Aramco World.[27][28]

She also continues to write books. She has completed a children's book and is working on her first novel.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rossant, Colette (2004). Apricots on the Nile. Atria. ISBN 0-609-60150-4. 
  2. ^ "The Growing Shelf". St. Ann's School. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Mini-Reunions". Dartmouth Class of '81. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Alumni News". Johns Hopkins Magazine. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Extensions 8". JulietteRossant.com. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Stonefence Review". JulietteRossant.com. Retrieved February 6, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Middle East & Africa". Forbes. June 7, 1998. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Turkey's Tire Queen". Forbes. May 7, 1999. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Born Again Turk". Forbes. March 7, 2000. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Your Field, Your Dreams". Forbes. June 15, 1998. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Money Men: Take the off-ramp". Forbes. May 18, 1998. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Princes of Egypt". Forbes. March 22, 1999. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Under African Skies". Forbes. February 4, 2001. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Gates Eyes the Middle East". Forbes. January 4, 2002. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Another Look". Forbes. May 7, 1999. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Dough Boys". Forbes. March 22, 1999. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Chefs du Buck". Forbes. March 20, 2000. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  18. ^ "High-Class Cookers". Forbes. March 19, 2001. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Juliette Rossant". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Super Chef". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  21. ^ "June's FC Readers' Choice Awards". Fast Company. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  22. ^ "White House Chef: Close to the Bone". Super Chef. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  23. ^ Wharton, Rachel (September 18, 2006). "Cooking Cuties". New York Daily News. Retrieved May 7, 2010. 
  24. ^ McAuliff, Michael (August 15, 2005). "New 1st Lady of Kitchen at White House". New York Daily News. Retrieved May 7, 2010. 
  25. ^ Wharton, Rachel (February 9, 2005). "Celeb Chef Now Radio Turn-On for Women". New York Daily News. Retrieved May 7, 2010. 
  26. ^ Rossant, Juliette (April 16, 2007). "Easton's Eden". Portfolio. Retrieved May 7, 2010. 
  27. ^ Rossant, Juliette (September–October 2005). "The World's First Soft Drink". Saudi Aramco World. Retrieved May 7, 2010. 
  28. ^ Rossant, Juliette (November–December 2003). "Lights, Camera – Cook!". Saudi Aramco World. Retrieved May 7, 2010. 

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